Unfortunately, my day didn’t start off quite how I had planned, after having the previous day off for my birthday, I had completely forgot that London was about to go into meltdown as all of the tubes had ground to a stop. Cue a sad me, trying to navigate to work with street signs and a little bit of hope (I still don’t know how I did it!), finishing work and taking a £50 cab from Liverpool Street to Holborn, but finally arriving- albeit a tiny bit late – to the Shaftsbury Theatre to finally see Memphis the Musical!
I’m a big fan of the theatre, so when the lovely people at Memphis the Musical* got in touch and asked if I would be interested in going to see the show, I jumped at the chance! It is currently playing in the iconic Shaftsbury Theatre in London’s West End and boasts a pretty impressive cast too. I was really looking forward to seeing Beverley Knight as Felicia Farrell, but I think I saw on Twitter somewhere that she wasn’t feeling very well, but her understudy was incredible- honestly what a voice, and Matt Cardle exceeded all my expectations, I knew he could sing, but he really suckered me into his role of the goofy Huey Calhoun.
So the story is obviously based in Memphis (duh) and is inspired by true events, which makes certain parts of the play even sadder, it’s hard to believe the world was actually like it at one point. It follows the story of radio DJ Huey Calhoun (Hockadoo!) who is just trying to make the world a better place and Felicia Farrell who is just looking for her big break. They fall in love and face the challenges that come with something that is considered forbidden.
Without giving too much away, it really is a great story, only to be made better with a phenomenal cast and catchy songs. If you’re considering going to the West End any time soon, then definitely pick up some tickets to this one, trust me it will be worth it!